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M5 motorway
Looking south towards junction 20
Route information
Maintained by Highways England
Length: 162.9 mi (262.2 km)
Existed: 1962 – present
History: Opened: 1962
Completed: 1977
Major junctions
Northeast end: West Bromwich
  UK-Motorway-M6.svg
M6 motorway
Junction 4a.svg UK-Motorway-M42.svg
J4a → M42 motorway
Junction 8.svg UK-Motorway-M50.svg
J8 → M50 motorway
Junction 15.svg UK-Motorway-M4.svg
J15 → M4 motorway
Junction 18a.svg UK-Motorway-M49.svg
J18a → M49 motorway
Southwest end: Exminster
Location
Counties: West Midlands, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Devon
Primary
destinations:
West Bromwich
Birmingham
Bromsgrove
Worcester
Cheltenham
Gloucester
Bristol
Weston-super-Mare
Bridgwater
Taunton
Exeter
Road network

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The M5 is a motorway in England. It links the Midlands and the South West.

It runs from Junction 8 of the M6 at West Bromwich near Birmingham to Exeter in Devon. It is the main gateway to South West England. Congestion is common during the summer holidays, on Friday afternoons, and school and bank holidays on the section south of the M4.

Junctions

M5 motorway junctions
mile km North-east bound exits (B carriageway) Junction South-west bound exits (A carriageway) Coordinates
0.0 0.0 London (M1, M40), Birmingham (N&E), The NORTH WEST, Walsall, Wolverhampton M6 M6 J8 Start of motorway 52°32′10″N 1°58′12″W / 52.5360°N 1.9699°W / 52.5360; -1.9699 (M6, Junction 8)
2.7
3.3
4.3
5.3
West Bromwich, Birmingham (NW) A41 J1 West Bromwich, Sandwell, Birmingham (NW) A41 52°30′43″N 1°58′31″W / 52.5119°N 1.9754°W / 52.5119; -1.9754 (M5, Junction 1)
5.2
5.8
8.4
9.3
Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell A4123 J2 Birmingham (W), Dudley A4123 52°29′34″N 2°01′08″W / 52.4927°N 2.0188°W / 52.4927; -2.0188 (M5, Junction 2)
8.6
9.0
13.8
14.5
Birmingham (W&C) A456 J3 Kidderminster A456 52°26′57″N 2°00′55″W / 52.4491°N 2.0152°W / 52.4491; -2.0152 (M5, Junction 3)
Entering West Midlands Entering Worcestershire 52°25′59″N 2°01′03″W / 52.43292°N 2.01751°W / 52.43292; -2.01751
Frankley services Services Frankley services 52°25′45″N 2°01′04″W / 52.4292°N 2.0179°W / 52.4292; -2.0179 (M5, Frankley services)
14.0
14.4
22.5
23.2
Birmingham (SW) A38, Stourbridge A491 J4 Birmingham (SW), Bromsgrove A38 52°22′43″N 2°02′47″W / 52.3786°N 2.0465°W / 52.3786; -2.0465 (M5, Junction 4)
16.1 25.9 End of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 671.svg J4A London (M40), N.E.C., Birmingham Airport interchange M42 52°21′15″N 2°04′16″W / 52.3543°N 2.0711°W / 52.3543; -2.0711 (M5, Junction 4A)
16.6 26.7 The NORTH EAST, N.E.C., Birmingham Airport interchange M42 Start of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 879.svg
21.4
21.7
34.5
35.0
Bromsgrove, Droitwich A38 J5 Droitwich A38 52°17′15″N 2°07′13″W / 52.2876°N 2.1202°W / 52.2876; -2.1202 (M5, Junction 5)
27.0
27.5
43.5
44.2
Worcester (N), Kidderminster A449 J6 Worcester (N) A449, Evesham A4538 52°12′46″N 2°09′28″W / 52.2128°N 2.1579°W / 52.2128; -2.1579 (M5, Junction 6)
Start of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 879.svg End of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 671.svg
30.2
30.7
48.6
49.4
Worcester (S), Evesham A44 J7 Worcester (S) A44 52°10′07″N 2°10′49″W / 52.1687°N 2.1803°W / 52.1687; -2.1803 (M5, Junction 7)
Strensham services (northbound) Services No access 52°03′55″N 2°09′28″W / 52.0652°N 2.1577°W / 52.0652; -2.1577 (M5, Strensham services (northbound))
No access Strensham services (southbound) 52°03′27″N 2°08′33″W / 52.0574°N 2.1426°W / 52.0574; -2.1426 (M5, Strensham services (southbound))
39.7 63.9 Entering Worcestershire J8 SOUTH WALES, Ross M50 52°02′52″N 2°08′08″W / 52.0478°N 2.1356°W / 52.0478; -2.1356 (M5, Junction 8)
40.0 64.4 SOUTH WALES, Ross M50 Entering Gloucestershire
Entering Gloucestershire River Avon 52°01′51″N 2°07′32″W / 52.03071°N 2.12548°W / 52.03071; -2.12548 (M5, River Avon)
River Avon Entering Worcestershire
Entering Worcestershire Entering Gloucestershire 52°00′41″N 2°07′16″W / 52.01131°N 2.12113°W / 52.01131; -2.12113
43.4
43.9
69.8
70.6
Tewkesbury A438, Evesham A46 J9 Evesham A46, Tewkesbury A438 51°59′47″N 2°07′25″W / 51.9965°N 2.1237°W / 51.9965; -2.1237 (M5, Junction 8)
48.3
48.5
77.7
78.0
No access (on-slip only) J10 Cheltenham A4019 51°55′44″N 2°08′24″W / 51.9290°N 2.1400°W / 51.9290; -2.1400 (M5, Junction 10)
51.0
51.4
82.1
82.8
Gloucester, Cheltenham A40 J11 Cheltenham, Gloucester, Staverton Airport interchange A40 51°53′23″N 2°09′05″W / 51.8897°N 2.1514°W / 51.8897; -2.1514 (M5, Junction 11)
53.4
54.0
85.9
86.9
Gloucester, Cirencester A417 J11A London, Cirencester A417 51°51′28″N 2°10′25″W / 51.8578°N 2.1735°W / 51.8578; -2.1735 (M5, Junction 11A)
Gloucester services Services Gloucester services 51°51′44″N 2°10′00″W / 51.8621°N 2.1667°W / 51.8621; -2.1667 (Gloucestershire gateway services)
60.2
60.5
96.9
97.4
Gloucester (A38) J12 Gloucester (A38) 51°47′54″N 2°17′20″W / 51.7982°N 2.2889°W / 51.7982; -2.2889 (M5, Junction 12)
63.3
63.7
101.8
102.5
Stroud A419 J13 Stroud, Dursley A419 51°45′35″N 2°19′22″W / 51.7598°N 2.3227°W / 51.7598; -2.3227 (M5, Junction 13)
71.9 115.7 Michaelwood services Services Michaelwood services 51°39′24″N 2°25′45″W / 51.6567°N 2.4292°W / 51.6567; -2.4292 (M5, Michaelwood services)
73.6
73.9
118.4
119.0
Dursley B4509 J14 Thornbury B4509 51°38′12″N 2°27′08″W / 51.6368°N 2.4521°W / 51.6368; -2.4521 (M5, Junction 14)
End of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 671.svg J15 Start of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 879.svg 51°33′05″N 2°33′09″W / 51.5514°N 2.5524°W / 51.5514; -2.5524 (M5, Junction 15)</sma
81.1
81.7
130.5
131.5
SOUTH WALES, Chepstow (M48) M4(W)
London M4(E)
London, Bristol (C) (M32) M4(E)
SOUTH WALES, Chepstow (M48) M4(W)
82.0
82.3
132.0
132.5
Thornbury, Filton A38 J16 Thornbury, Filton A38 51°32′50″N 2°34′06″W / 51.5472°N 2.5684°W / 51.5472; -2.5684 (M5, Junction 16)
84.2
84.6
135.5
136.2
Bristol (W), Cribbs Causeway A4018 J17 Bristol (W), Cribbs Causeway A4018 51°31′43″N 2°36′37″W / 51.5286°N 2.6102°W / 51.5286; -2.6102 (M5, Junction 17)
Start of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 879.svg End of variable speed limit UK traffic sign 671.svg
Entering Gloucestershire Entering Bristol 51°30′47″N 2°39′07″W / 51.51304°N 2.65208°W / 51.51304; -2.65208
87.4
87.7
140.6
141.2
SOUTH WALES, Cardiff, Newport M49 (M4(W)) J18A No access (on-slip only) 51°30′08″N 2°40′26″W / 51.5021°N 2.6740°W / 51.5021; -2.6740 (M5, Junction 18A)
88.0
88.2
141.6
142.0
Bristol, Bristol Airport interchange, Shirehampton, Avonmouth, Docks A4, Aust (A403) J18 Avonmouth, Bristol (West), Bristol Airport interchange A4 51°30′09″N 2°40′22″W / 51.5026°N 2.6728°W / 51.5026; -2.6728 (M5, Junction 18)
Avonmouth Bridge Bridge Avonmouth Bridge 51°29′20″N 2°41′34″W / 51.4890°N 2.6928°W / 51.4890; -2.6928 (M5, Avonmouth Bridge)
90.1 145.0 Portishead, Royal Portbury Dock, Clifton (Toll) A369
Gordano services
J19
Services
Portishead, Royal Portbury Dock A369
Gordano services
51°28′39″N 2°42′42″W / 51.4774°N 2.7117°W / 51.4774; -2.7117 (M5, Junction 19)
96.7 155.6 Nailsea, Clevedon B3133 J20 Clevedon, Nailsea B3133 51°25′56″N 2°50′19″W / 51.4322°N 2.8387°W / 51.4322; -2.8387 (M5, Junction 20)
102.3 164.6 Weston-super-Mare, Bristol (S) A370 J21 Weston-super-Mare A370 51°21′32″N 2°53′37″W / 51.3589°N 2.8936°W / 51.3589; -2.8936 (M5, Junction 21)
109.1 175.6 Sedgemoor services Services Sedgemoor services 51°16′08″N 2°55′17″W / 51.2689°N 2.9214°W / 51.2689; -2.9214 (M5, Sedgemoor services)
111.7 179.8 Burnham-on-Sea B3140
Bristol (S) & Airport Airport interchange A38
Weston-super-Mare (A370)
J22 Highbridge A38
Burnham-on-Sea B3140
51°14′10″N 2°56′48″W / 51.2360°N 2.9467°W / 51.2360; -2.9467 (M5, Junction 22)
116.9 188.1 Highbridge A38
Glastonbury, Wells A39
J23 Bridgwater A38
Minehead, Glastonbury, Wells A39
51°10′01″N 2°58′51″W / 51.1670°N 2.9809°W / 51.1670; -2.9809 (M5, Junction 23)
121.8
122.0
196.0
196.3
Bridgwater, Minehead A38
Bridgwater services
J24
Services
Minehead A38 (A39)
Bridgwater services
51°06′07″N 2°59′38″W / 51.1019°N 2.9940°W / 51.1019; -2.9940 (M5, Junction 24)
128.4
128.6
206.7
206.9
Taunton, Yeovil A358 J25 Taunton, Honiton, Yeovil, Weymouth A358 51°01′04″N 3°03′49″W / 51.0178°N 3.0636°W / 51.0178; -3.0636 (M5, Junction 25)
133.3 214.5 Taunton Deane services Services Taunton Deane services 50°58′37″N 3°08′48″W / 50.9769°N 3.1468°W / 50.9769; -3.1468 (M5, Taunton Deane services)
135.3
135.5
217.8
218.0
Wellington, Taunton A38 J26 Wellington A38 50°58′23″N 3°11′29″W / 50.9730°N 3.1914°W / 50.9730; -3.1914 (M5, Junction 26)
Entering Somerset Entering Devon 50°56′58″N 3°16′25″W / 50.94953°N 3.27365°W / 50.94953; -3.27365
143.4
143.7
230.7
231.3
Barnstaple, Tiverton A361, Wellington A38 J27 Tiverton, Barnstaple A361
Willand (B3181)
50°55′04″N 3°21′24″W / 50.9177°N 3.3566°W / 50.9177; -3.3566 (M5, Junction 27)
147.6
147.9
237.5
238.0
Cullompton B3181
Cullompton services
J28
Services
Honiton A373
Cullompton B3181
50°51′39″N 3°23′02″W / 50.8609°N 3.3838°W / 50.8609; -3.3838 (M5, Junction 28)
157.7
158.1
253.8
254.4
Honiton A30
Exeter Airport interchange
J29 Honiton A30 East
Exeter Airport interchange
50°43′44″N 3°27′45″W / 50.72880°N 3.4624°W / 50.72880; -3.4624 (M5, Junction 29)
158.9
159.3
255.7
256.3
Exeter A379, Exmouth A376
Sidmouth (A3052)
Exeter services
J30
Services
Exeter, Dawlish A379
Exmouth A376
Sidmouth (A3052)
Exeter services
50°42′45″N 3°27′50″W / 50.7124°N 3.4638°W / 50.7124; -3.4638 (M5, Junction 30)
162.4
162.6
261.4
261.7
Start of motorway J31 Bodmin, Okehampton A30 50°40′48″N 3°31′00″W / 50.6801°N 3.5166°W / 50.6801; -3.5166 (M5, Junction 31)
162.7 261.8 Okehampton A30 West
Exeter (A377)
Non-motorway traffic
Road continues as A38

Plymouth A38
Torquay (A380)
50°40′41″N 3°31′22″W / 50.6780°N 3.5228°W / 50.6780; -3.5228 (M5 transition to A380)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Junction information taken from Advanced Direction Signs March to June 2011 (J4A – J31). Coordinates from Google Maps, taken at the centre of the junction

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